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    As the area was incredibly dry around the waterhole, only the dead remains of Drosera auriculata and typical D. peltata were found.

    I did see an interesting moth though-



    After heading back to town for lunch we then headed north. The northern parts of the park are much drier than the south and we did not locate a single live CP, but we did see our only dead specimens of Drosera macrantha ssp. planchonii. The views were good though as we climbed Mt. Stapylton and a couple of orchids made things interesting.







    A Spider orchid, Caladenia tentaculata-


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    Next we headed over Mirranatwa Gap and into the central valley of the ranges. On the way through we encountered a nice small growing species of orchid, the Bronzey Caladenia, Caladenia iridescens-







    We then moved down into the valley. The first thing of interest that we came across was this grump little fellow sunbathing in the middle of the road, the Shingleback or Stumpytailed lizard, (Trachydosaurus rugosus)-




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    Past the lizard the road turned to dirt and we headed into dry Eucalyptus forest that had not been burnt. Here we found a couple of orchid species and Droser peltata that was past its best. One of my highlights of the trip occurred here-

    A couple of habitat shots first-





    Caladenia clavigera, the clubbed Spider orchid-



    The highlight, some Drosera bugs hunitng on the leaves on Drosera peltata-




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    Further up the valley in another heathy area we found a couple of small swampy waterholes by the dirt road. Here we found a very small growing form of D. binata as well as Drosera peltata var. gracilis and Utricularia tenella.

    The habitat-









    Further up in a rocky dried area besides a large swamp we found huge (for the species anyway) plants of Drosera pygmaea which grew to almost an inch in diameter-



    In an open area of River Redgum woodland we found the remains of an old waterhole that was all but bone dry. Amazingly, many flowers of the lowland form of Utricularia dichotoma were found. My only shot taken of these didn't turn out but you can see the habitat here-


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    Out onto the open road we headed for a huge swamp which bounds the Henty Highway. Unfortunately due to the drough tof the past 10 years, the area was completely dry. We drove back a bit to a river and cut along a 4 x 4 track until we could get close to the river. We headed down by foot and found our first and only specimen of Drosera glanduligera for the weekend. Also found growing closeby was the tall growing form of Drosera peltata, closely related to Drosera peltat var. foliosa but not clump forming and much taller-





    We then headed home through what was all but a wasteland. The fire had been so intense here that many of the trees that have evolved to cope with fires were obliterated and dead.



    A grasstree in the area-



    And a Southern Rock scorpion-


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    Final day was the sunniest we had so back up Mt. William to get some shots of the highland Utricularia dichotoma.









    Steve Fretwell taking photos of the U. dichotoma which grow in the natural gutters of the roadside-



    Another orchid, the Musky Caladenia, Caladenia gracilis-


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    Next back down to near where we first found the D. binata a small track led us into the open swampy area and luckily drove straight through it. We found some great things in here.



    Firstly, in the dry verge of the swamp, a rare Leek orchid (Prasophyllum elatum) in flower. This species generally only flowers after fire-





    We'd heard of a pale form of D. binata occurring here and were hoping to find it. At this location we did, and it was quite common. This was another highlight as the only form found in this part of the country is generally the small red form pictured earlier.






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    Nice Drosera spatulata also grew here-





    Lovely forms of Utricularia were abundant.

    The typical colour-



    A white form-



    A pale form with pruple margins. A real little gem-



    A very pale form with no purple colouration around palette-


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